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Safer socialising

Think before you drink.

 

Alcohol dulls your instincts and your awareness of danger, reduces your inhibitions and makes you more likely to behave out of character.

If you’re planning to go out for a drink, make the right choice and stay safe.


Plan your night and get home safely
 
Book a reputable taxi firm to take you home before going out or nominate someone to stay sober and drive.

If you flag down a taxi make sure the driver is a licensed cab driver.
 
Drink responsibly – know your limits
 
Stay in control and avoid confrontation - alcohol makes you vulnerable and more likely to take risks.

If someone is threatening you, tell a doorman but do not get involved.

Never leave your drink unattended and never accept a drink from a stranger, as it’s very easy for someone to put additional shots of alcohol or an illegal substance in your drink.
 
Don’t do something you’ll regret
 
Alcohol can lead to poor decisions, think before you act and encourage your friends to do the same.
 
Stay together
 
Look after your friends and don’t go off on your own. If you’ve been drinking and you’re walking home, choose well-lit main roads and walk confidently.
 
Be smart about your smartphone
 
Keep your valuables with you, somewhere safe and out of view. Try not to leave your phone on the table or bar; a slight distraction could lead to someone taking it.immboilise logo

Register it on www.immobilise.com, a free and secure national database that police can use to locate you if they find your phone.

Top tips

In general, wherever you are, remember the following: 
  • Never leave your bag or coat unattended in a pub or night club; it’s an ideal place for thieves.
  • If someone does grab your bag, fighting back is not always a good idea, you don’t know if they have a weapon.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Reading and listening to music can be distracting.
  • If you need to use your phone when you’re out and about, stop in an open area so you’re not distracted to make it harder for someone to take it from you.
  • If you’re attacked it’s often better to shout fire rather than help as it tends to attract more attention.

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